What Mathematics Can Tell Us About Cancer

J.B. Nation, a leading specialist in universal algebra, has been involved over the last 10 years in interdisciplinary study of genetic data on cancer patients, with the bio-informatics group at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. Multiple factors determine the progress of a tumor. Some of these factors are the same across different types of cancer, while others are associated with only one or a few types of cancer. How can we identify those factors? The NIH has made available mRNA expression and other variables, along with clinical data for about 30 different cancers. New computer algorithms for analyzing expression data have allowed Dr. Nation to compare the genetic profiles of 15 different types of cancer from NIH data and identify the most significant factors in each one. This is done from the mathematical properties of the expression table. Only afterwards are the biological processes interpreted. Moreover, one can also gain information about possible treatments.

This project involved collaboration among mathematicians, statisticians, physicians, pathologists, and computer scientists. As with the study of many other complex problems, progress in the treatment of cancer depends increasingly on interdisciplinary communication.

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017





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